Full Moon Revelations: Wild Love Illuminated

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For Seekers – Moonthly Renewal – Practices for Soul & Spirit – Sanctuary

The height of this moonth’s cycle comes with the full moon arriving on Wednesday, the 30th (exact at 9:35 pm ET, time zone converter), and offers a revelation about how the lunar energies initiated on the August 16th new moon are developing. The new moon, guided by its association with Strength, invited us to embrace our wild love despite fears and with steady action. Out of the full moon revelation about this developing energy, we are issued an invitation to return a gift to the world in the final weeks of the lunar cycle.  

The exact moment of the moon’s fullness comes in the sign of Pisces associated with the Tarot’s Moon card. With this double lunar illumination, we can look with eyes attuned to mystery and imagination at our wild love and discover new depths.

This version of the Moon is from Rachel Pollack’s Shining Tribe Tarot. The bow and arrow in the moon connect this card to Artemis who is a Goddess of the moon, wilderness, and childbirth. In the Greek pantheon Artemis is depicted as a young woman and gets less attention than her brother Apollo in hymns and myths. But Artemis is a name of unknown but ancient origin. In Asia Minor’s Ephesus, Artemis’ temple was one of the wonders of the ancient world and her statue shows a powerful woman, a Great Mother Goddess figure.

The mountains in the card form what is known as a Winged Artemis. In such manifestations the Goddess was seen in the land itself, certainly not separate from it. Other symbolism in the card reference passage graves in France, resemble the shape of Hebrew letters, and take inspiration from Australian imagery as well as prehistoric monuments in Ireland and Brittany. The complex mix is intentional. Rachel Pollack, through the image, is pointing us toward the idea that the moon is complex, and in many ways more complex than the sun. The sun is constant and its light direct, but the moon is born, grows, triumphs, and dies over and over again. Moon light shifts and what we can see along with it.

Rachel says that the Tarot has both solar and lunar aspects, writing:

It makes sense to learn the symbolic meanings and to analyze the way the cards fit together. But we also need to spend time with the pictures without explanation and look at them, let them seep into us and arouse emotions and visions.

The full moon invites you to do this kind of gazing at any card that you are working with in this lunar cycle. Let yourself get a little lost in the images and see what new surfaces. If you have been working with the Wild Love reading, your love might show you even more wildness, even more depth, even more that you could have imagined.

We’ll be working with all the Shining Tribe cards in a solar and lunar way in the Shining Tribe Exploratorium, my response to requests to teach a class on the deck. I had to find my way to this offering because the Shining Tribe can’t really be taught. It has to be experienced. I’ve come up with a series of paired sessions around the Equinoxes and Solstices where we will gather, get inspiration for taking out the cards and working with them around the holy day, and sharing stories or our experiences. More details and how to sign up are on the registration page.  

To encourage a revelation on your wild love as we continue through this moonthly cycle, you are invited to one, some, or all of these practices:

Moon bathe by sitting or lying under a window or outside on the ground. Let go of your thoughts and soak in the light.

~ Take out any reading or your reflections from the new moon and look at them in a new light. How does your understanding of the cards shift now that time has passed and light has shifted? (If you haven’t done a reading yet, no problem, just do it now under the light of the full moon. You can try the one from the new moon.)

~ Bring out your Strength and Moon cards from your Tarot deck and connect them to your new moon reading / reflections. You could place/imagine these cards on either side of your reading or above and below, and then look at how they add meaning into the story your original cards offered you.

When you are done, remember to offer gratitude for what you have received. Consider what gift you now want to return to the world. Pulling a card for guidance on the gift is always a fine thing to do. In the coming weeks and before the moon returns to dark around September 11th offer your gift to the world.

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August 31, 2023, 1:25 am TarotSparks

The bow-arrow thing because Artemis is the goddess of hunting, you forgot to mention that. I am not correcting you, just adding that small piece to the puzzle of the Artemis wildness. I think it’s important. Also, this August had 2 full moons, first the Sturgeon and yesterday The Blue, as it’s the second in the same month. This Blue full moon was in Pisces, astrologically describing one of the oldest souls in the astrological calendar. And then in connection to the first moon in this month, the Sturgeon moon, called after the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain when they were most readily caught during this part of summer. These prehistoric-looking fish are often called “living fossils” because of their looks… Anyway, going off-topic …what comes to my mind is that I am trying to connect the first moon of August, which carries a fish symbol (Sturgeon) with the fact that this second was in Pisces, again a fish symbol… And then you get the Moon card, with a ruling planet Neptune (ruling to Pisces), what a coincidence 🙂

What I also want to add is my personal experience that happened yesterday. I had one of the most pleasant conversations with the grandparents (again, old souls – pieces) of my son’s friend. It was actually a one-hour talk, a very enlightening, respectful, and honest conversation I had in a long time. And then the same evening my family and I went to visit 2 elderly neighbors… The impression was totally the opposite compared to the first conversation that day. They were super nice to us, so tbh I do feel sort of guilty for having the negative impression, but being there and listening and barely being allowed to reply with my thoughts, expecting to comply with social standards regarding raising kids (I am a homeschooling mom) questions about sending them to international schools and nonsense like that, bragging about their daughter and grandson … well this kind of crap totally drains me as I am not – or at least I do not want to bend to the social norms I believe are nonsense to me (or my family). So these two encounters yesterday, before the Full moon in Pisces, with elderly people – totally opposite experiences – just like the Pisces sign – swimming in opposite directions. It somehow really gave me food for thought. Just saying, lol.

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